The NRL may be turning its back on Campbelltown, but Football Federation Australia – and the Western Sydney Wanderers in particular – are embracing the Macarthur region.
The Wanderers will bring another game to the Campbelltown Sports Stadium when they host Adelaide United in their FFA Cup semi-final on Tuesday, October 24.
Wanderers player and Mount Annan resident Mark Bridge said it was a ground that players at the club looked forward to playing on.
“It’s a great football stadium,” he said.
“The fans are so close to the action and there’s a great atmosphere when we get a big crowd.”
While it’s a great home ground, Bridge said players from the away side may think differently.
“I don’t think they (Adelaide) know much about Campbelltown. But if we get the numbers and with the RBB (Red and Black Bloc) there, it would be pretty intimidating,” he said.
“The RBB are so loud and they don’t stop singing.”
A semi-final win would set up a tantalising final between cross-town rivals Sydney FC.
Bridge said a Wanderers and Sydney FC final would have Football Federation Australia bigwigs licking their lips.
“I think they’d be rubbing their hands together about the prospect of us meeting in the final,” he said.
“But for us just to win (the FFA Cup), it would be massive for the club.
“It’s a trophy we haven’t won yet.”
Regardless of the result, it’s been a big year for Bridge who returned to the club for the 2017/2018 season after a stint in Thailand.
He said he was relishing his time back in the red and black.
“It was a tough time at the end there in Thailand and when I came back to Australia I didn’t know what would happen or if anyone was interested,” he said.
“But it’s going good.
“I love being at the Wanderers.”